Apparently the 1,000-year lease on the Arnold Arboretum wasn't enough. The Herald reports Harvard owns nearly 90,000 acres of forestland in Romania and now the guy who sold Harvard some of that land has been implicated in a probe of whether he got the World's Smartest University to pay inflated prices in exchange for cash, a vacation and a Chrysler Sebring.
Elise Ramsay looked up at the Sheraton Commander from the Cambridge Common tonight.
Dead trains at JFK/UMass and Harvard creating all sorts of fun for commuters this morning.
Various commuter-rail lines into North Station also having various issues. The Fitchburg Line has major delays because the 6:55 train hit somebody near Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The MBTA reports the person's injuries are not considered life threatening.
So how cold is it? It's so cold even the birds are flocking inside to stay warm, as Eric Maki discovered in the Harvard Square CVS.
A Harvard sophomore allegedly got his wish: He didn't have to take finals yesterday. But Eldo Kim might be facing a sterner test: He's been charged with calling in the bomb threats that shut four Harvard buildings where finals were being given.
According to one profile of him, from last term, Kim was helping a professor analyze taunting:
Harvard University sent out an alert around 9:10 a.m.:
Alert: Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now.
No, not Lake Woebegon, but Harvard, where the Crimson reports the median undergraduate grade is A-, and:
The most frequently awarded mark is an A, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said on Tuesday afternoon, supporting suspicions that the College employs a softer grading standard than many of its peer institutions.
Bobbi Fox reports a turkey was perched outside the Dunkin' Donuts at Eliot and JFK this morning.
And the building best known for the Au Bon Pain and the outside chess tables will get an extensive, if unspecified, remake.
Cambridge Police report they are investigating 20 housebreaks in apartment buildings along Mass. Ave.:
In a high percentage of these incidents the point of entry has been through an unlocked window between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Cambridge Day reports on the downstairs neighbor of Upstairs on the Square in Harvard Square, which is moving out.
The deceased train is at Harvard; platforms at other stations are filling rapidly.
Green Line trolleys, meanwhile, died at Coolidge Corner and near Copley Square.
The Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square has rolled out some new drinks: Apple Jacks infused AppleJack, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Mudslides, Cocoa Puff Smashes and Golden Graham Manhattans.
UPDATE: Now there are problems on the Orange Line, where somebody managed to get his foot stuck between a train and the platform at North Station.
It's Dead Train Day on the Red Line. And it's so bad, the MBTA has broken out a rare "severe" delay warning.
Among those affected: Alexandra Elizabeth, who sent out a tweet for help around 8:30:
Hoooray. The MBTA train I'm on to Harvard has, of course, broken down. I'm in a tunnel with a bunch of strangers. Get. Me. Out.